Audiology

Audiology

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC PREREQUISITES?

In making decisions about admissions, dental schools consider a range of factors that may vary from one school to another. All prerequisite courses usually need to be completed with a grade of C or above. Students generally pursue a doctorate of audiology AuD (clinical practice) or a PhD in the Speech and Hearing Sciences (research and teaching).

It is recommended, and often required, that you complete the following courses:*

Psychology Principles of Psychology (PSYCH 125), Psychology of Hearing (PSYCH 222), Cognitive Psychology (PSYCH 237), Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYCH 339)
Linguistics Linguistic Studies 250 (LNGST 250), English Language and Linguistics
Biology 1 year w. lab (generally BIO 150 and BIO 227)

Biochemistry w. lab (CHEM 379)

Anatomy & Physiology (BIO 243)

Physics 1 year with lab (PHYS 124 & 125)
Math & Stats Calculus (MATH 119 or 120)

Statistics – (STAT 212)


Prerequisites from different schools (to demonstrate variations in prerequisites)
Unless you are enrolled in a school that has a Communication Sciences and Disorders program, you will most certainly lack some of the required courses upon graduation.

WHO IS THE DESIGNATED ADVISING SPECIALIST?

Professor Jeremy Loebach (Associate Professor of Psychology)

Office: RNS 232 Phone: 507-786-3957 Email: loebach@stolaf.edu

WHAT STANDARDIZED TEST WILL I NEED TO TAKE?

WHAT CENTRALIZED APPLICATION WILL I USE?

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENTIAL PREREQUISITES?*

  • Shadowing: Over 50 hours is generally recommended shadowing in a variety of settings with different practitioners to help you explore the field and learn about different career opportunities.
  • Research: It is highly recommended that you complete at least one 10-week research experience that is directly related to the speech and hearing sciences.
  • Volunteering:  It is highly recommended that you volunteer in a position, starting as early as your first year at St. Olaf. Although your volunteer role can be in healthcare or outside of healthcare, we recommend that you aim to volunteer in both capacities. Audiology schools are looking for applicants with sustained and meaningful volunteer experiences.  They don’t want students who are simply checking the “volunteer box.”
  • Internship(s): Gain experience in the field through interning with an Audiologist at a private clinic, a university, or a hospital, etc. Internships outside of Audiology are highly beneficial as well.
  • Leadership: It is strongly recommended that you serve in a leadership capacity (president of an organization, academic tutor, service on an advisory board, etc.). Leaders can enhance their communication and organizational skills, as well as learn how to interact with individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • Hobbies: whatever you enjoy doing in your spare time that demonstrates your commitment to serving others and your interests outside of healthcare

WHAT DO AUDIOLOGISTS ACTUALLY DO?

Audiology is the science of hearing, balance and related disorders. Audiologists are experts in the nonmedical diagnosis and management of disorders of the auditory and balance systems. They frequently work with other medical specialists, speech-language pathologists, educators, engineers, scientists and allied health professionals and technicians. In industrial audiology, audiologists plan and execute programs of hearing conservation for workers.

Audiologists specialize in:

  • Identifying and assessing hearing and balance problems
  • Rehabilitating persons with hearing and balance disorders
  • Preventing hearing loss

Clinical audiologists work in a variety of settings and can specialize in pediatrics, geriatrics, balance, cochlear implants, hearing aids, tinnitus and auditory processing, among other issues. Audiologists provide a number of services including:

  • Evaluating hearing
  • Counseling patients and their families and caregivers
  • Fitting hearing aids
  • Evaluating and treating balance disorders
  • Determining an individual’s need for assistive devices
  • Teaching communication strategies, including speech reading

WHAT OTHER RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT ST. OLAF?

Study Abroad: Yes –  you CAN study abroad as a pre-health student! Speak with your advisor early in order to plan for when a semester or year abroad will fit into your academic plan.

Student organizations:

Full list

St. Olaf Speech and Hearing Association

Pre-health Moodle site

Pre-health Google calendar

Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

*Ultimately, it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that they complete all prerequisite coursework and experiential opportunities required for successful admission to Audiology school

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